Special Features Presents: Happy New Year & Blogging Resolutions

Hello everyone, and welcome to the first post of the new year. I wish each and every one of you that is reading this, especially all of you that are following my blog, a very happy new year. Last year was a rough year for a lot of people, and I truly hope that 2018 is going to bring only good and warm things for all of you and your loved ones. And of course a new year brings the inevitable New Year’s Resolutions. Well, I know a lot of people make these, but I never quite believed in them. So, I thought that this year I would call them Blogging Resolutions, as I will be spending a lot of time this year on my blog and all of your blogs as well. But let’s translate this into what this post is actually about: pretty much all the things you can look forward to (or at least I hope you will be looking forward to it lol), on my blog in this year. As I mentioned in my final post last year, I want to bring a bit more structure into my blog.

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Yup….a bit more structure can definitely be good at times πŸ˜…

That doesn’t mean I am going to be focussing on only one thing. This is still a multi-topic blog and that won’t change. What I do plan on doing is at least cover every main theme of my blog (Movies, Anime, Books, TV-series and Korean Dramaseries) with at least one post each month. In that way everyone should at least get coverage of one of the things they like viewing/reading the most. That said I also plan on having theme months. Which means that each month I will be focussing on one topic of my blog more than the others. Lastly, I have a few new features that I hope to add as well, but you can find more details about that below. As with all things in life, and as most of you also know, there is always the aspect of real life hiding in the shadows. Which means that plans can always change because of events that happen in the real world that are beyond your control. But that said, where would we be without any sort of plans? So without further ado, lets get cracking and see what 2018 is going to bring!

Movies

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Well, it goes without saying that my movie reviews will of course return for the next year. If there would ever come a year that I don’t watch any movies, I have probably been replaced with an evil clone body. In 2018 we will get an enormous amount of different films that I am looking forward to very much. One of the biggest events will of course be Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War. With the largest superhero cast ever created for the big screen, this movie is set to take over the box office by storm. But there are more things to look forward to. The inevitable sequels such as Jurrasic World Fallen Kingdom, Pacific Rim:Uprising, The Equalizer II and a new Predator movie will hopefully bring us more of the same goodness that we loved in the originals. But three films I’m particularly looking forward to seeing are Meg (Jason Statham taking on a huge pre-historic shark), Ready Player One (Steven Spielberg’s new film, that looks like a geek’s dream come true) and Alita Battle Angel (the live action version of my favorite manga). These, and probably many others, are all going to make an appearance at some point on my blog.

Anime

imageLast year I started for the first time with watching seasonal anime (I usually only watched shows that were already completed), and it was something I enjoyed very much. The main reason for this being I could exchange thoughts on episodes right after they showed. It goes without saying that I will continue that in this year. Attack on Titan season 3, and hopefully the third season for Sword Art Online are definitely the two shows that I’m looking forward to the most. But of course, as I am pretty much behind on almost every anime in existence, there are some older shows that will get their reviews as well here. First up is the long overdue Girls und Panzer (and what a wonderful surprise that turned out to be), but you can also expect reviews for Β Ganz, Psycho Pass season 2, Tokyo Ghoul and many others both old and new. I also hope to attend Animecon 2018, where I will give you a full report of that incredibly wonderful event just like I did last year.

Books

imageLike anime I have a list of books that I still need to read that will probably be enough to build a skyscraper of a 1000 floors with. But I love reading, and I definitely want to get to that part of my many hobbies a lot more this year. I own every Karin Slaughter book that has been published to date, but have yet to read her final three offerings. She is just about the only writer that I read that doesn’t write about science fiction and fantasy. The Warhammer 40000 universe has always held me interest and I plan on reading the twelve part novel series The Beast Arises in it’s entirety this year. Besides fiction I also love reading making of books on movies, and you can expect reviews for a few of those as well, including Big Trouble in Little China, Ghost in the Shell and Bladerunner 2049. And then there are of course comics and manga, which I’m sure will also get hit with my hard hitting reviews (ahum….right…moving on).

Tv series

imageThe world of television changes each year. New shows keep being added and quite honestly it’s become pretty much impossible to follow every show. But I’m pretty sure that I will in all likelyhood be able to discover some new shows this year along the way. But that’s not to say the old favorites are going anywhere. One review you can definitely expect from me is the eight season of The Walking Dead, that no matter what anybody says I still love to death. The second season of the science fiction series The Expanse is also still on my review list as well as Homeland season 6, Lethal Weapon season 2, and 24 Legacy. If all goes well, and this is a big if, I also hope to revisit one of my favorite alltime science fiction series Babylon 5. An amazing and truly highly underrated gem that some of you might never have even heard of.

Korean dramas

imageI love watching Korean dramas but one of my biggest problems with them, is that so many of the cool ones aren’t available for me to watch. Luckily Netflix is beginning to get a few of these as well now, which is awesome. Two of the dramas that I failed to complete last year are Pinocchio and Missing Nine. I hope that if all goes well, these will be featured on my blog in january. Two of the dramas that Netflix have on offer are Black and Stranger. I have already progressed about halfway with Stranger, and I’m really looking forward to Black. The story for that about a grim reaper that tries to uncover a serial murder mystery while at the same time falling in love with a mortal woman, sounds intriguing to say the least. I can’t wait to get started on that one. But I’m pretty sure that new shows will also enter my to watch list, as just with regular tv series, Korean Dramas continue being developed as well.

The New Stuff

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Can you please stop talking now?

For those of you that have made it to the end of this post, I thank you for your patience. I know this post is pretty long, but I am almost done. (What do you mean you don’t believe me?) So, as I mentioned I also have a few new features planned for my blog. Curious about what they are? Well, here they come:

  • Bloggers in the spotlight:Β Last year the number of new bloggers I have met were astounding. Some of them have become great friends, not to mention the ones that I already knew. As I am running a multi-topic blog I plan on doing a monthly post that will cover 3-4 bloggers that either write about anime, movies or books in order to put them in the spotlight. I have always said that the most wonderful thing about blogging is exchanging thoughts and meeting new people, and this is my way of showing my appreciation for that.
  • Competition time:Β My blog is starting to creep slowly towards the magical number of 1000 followers. I honestly still can’t believe this, but I really could not have done this without all your terrific support and love. That’s why I want to give back some of that love to all of you. As soon as I will hit the 1000th follower I’m going to run a competition giving you a chance to win some (hopefully) amazing prices. More on that later in the year.
  • The monthly choice:Β Starting in February, depending on the theme of that particular month, I want to give you all a chance to present me with a suggestion for a review I should be doing. I will choose one of these suggestions completely at random and the blogger who “wins ” will of course get an honorable mention.

Phew…..this was one heck of a long post, and to think that the year has only just started! Hopefully, despite it’s length, you still enjoyed reading this one. Let me know what you think of all these plans and what you are excited about the most in the comments section (or if you don’t like anything that was mentioned here, feel free to let me know as well lol). As always, thank you for reading, and let’s make 2018 a wonderful year!

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89 thoughts on “Special Features Presents: Happy New Year & Blogging Resolutions”

  1. Long!
    But interesting Rai-san!
    Blogger Spotlight sounds fun and so does the 1000 special!
    I’m totally looking forward to the Stranger review as well!!
    How about board game reviews?

    Happy New Year again!

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    1. Happy new year to you again as well Auri. I’m glad you liked the post, and I will do my best to live up to these plans 😊
      Boardgames will definitely still be making an appearance too. There is one coming up this month for the game Xenoshyft Dreadmire 😊 Thanks again 😊😊

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  2. Happy New year! All of your plans sound really great, I’ll be sticking around for sure. I’m just curious, but are you going to be following the new X-Files series? Based off your other shows and movies it seems like something you would follow. Also i second the board game reviews!

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    1. Aww, thanks so much for your kindness. That really means a lot 😊
      The X-files is something I’ve been planning to rewatch for quite a while now especially with the release of the new seasons. I hope to get to that somewhere this year as well 😊
      As for boardgames, I will continue to do those as well. One is coming up this month 😊

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  3. Sounds like 2018 will be a great year. Really looking forward to some of your movie reviews as I will as usual be unable to see very many new releases. Look forward to another great year of discussion. Best of luck with everything.

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    1. Thank you very much. I hope to do my best and movie reviews will definitely be a big part of my blog again this year. Looking forward to the discussions again as well, especially on the new seasonal anime series πŸ˜€

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  4. HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Omg you arch lethal weapon too. I actually like that show. I was a bus fan of the movie but the show is actually good. I like it a lot. Also, Homeland is my shit! I can’t wait to see Homeland. I’m excited what they do this season. And I’m excited for your blog for the new year. Yayyyyy

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    1. Haha, thank you so much for this very enthusiastic and great comment. And of course HAPPY NEW YEAR to you as well. I was actually very pleasantly surprised with how good Lethal Weapon the tv series was. I really had not expected that. As for Homeland: love that show too, it is awesome. Thanks again for the kind word, will try and do my best this year 😊

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    1. Haha, I definitely know what you mean by that. Some series that I have yet to watch have more than 10 seasons, that can at times be very discouraging. But, I will certainly try to watch as many of them as I can. Glad to read you are looking forward to it: thanks you πŸ˜€

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      1. Many thanks, Michel!
        U can expect movie reviews and discussion, Bronze Age comic book reviews, and th ongoing groovy adventures of Brad Fartlighter!
        Want to incorporate more book reviews during 2018 too.
        Concentrate on only happy, uplifting stuff on my site
        When I began blogging I set myself 2 rules:
        1. NO politics!
        2. OBEY all th rules! πŸ˜‰
        Cheers!

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      2. Sounds awesome:😊 The Bronzen Age comics is something that I really look forward to πŸ˜€
        As for your rules: 1. Politics? What’s that? Never heard of that. 2. I am a law abiding citizen 😊

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  5. Well this is what I have looking forward to in 2018. I know you will do great! Can’t wait! Do your best! I am especially excited about the books because although I don’t get to do a lot of that I love it the most more than anything else. And strangely enough I am going to watch Pinnochio. And Black. A coincidence I guess haha. But I wanna read what you have to tell about it. So I will be waiting.

    Again, can’t wait for what will be there on your blog for 2018.

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    1. Thanks so much for this very kind comment, really appreciate it. I will definitely do my best to bring hopefully some cool posts.
      Last year I was really behind on reading books, so that is something I hope I can do more this year.
      The same goes for Korean dramas. I really am looking forward to seeing both Pinochhio and Black, as I have heard some pretty good things about both of them so far.
      Thanks again for your kind words, and I look forward to seeing your posts as well! Hope 2018 will be an awesome year for you 😊

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    1. Thank you 😊 The first theme month will be revealed tomorrow. It won’t yet be an interactive one (that will start in February as I kind of have to figure out a bit how exactly I’m going to start doing that). Avengers is going to be seriously awesome I think πŸ˜€πŸ˜€
      Thanks for your comment, and I am glad that you are looking forward to it 😊😊

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  6. Oooo you have some cool stuff planned! The Blogger Spotlight and the monthly choice sounds super cool! And so does your plan for 1000 followers!! Ahh looking forward to all the content! 😊
    Oh and Happy New Year! πŸ™‚

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    1. Happy new year to you as well 😊😊 Thanks for your kind comment, I’m glad you like the plans I’ve got. Will do my best, and looking forward to this year of blogging. Thanks again, appreciate it πŸ˜€

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    1. Haha, thank you very much πŸ˜€ That is definitely what I plan on sharing this year, as there will probably a lot of good, bad, but also ugly stuff out there this year lol. Thanks, looking forward to your posts as well 😊

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  7. Sounds like you are going to be busy with your blog in 2018. I look forward to reading the Girls und Panzer review. Psycho Pass 2 isn’t as bad as I heard. Still need to finish it though. Something happened in one of the episodes that made me rage, so I decided to give the show a break whilst I calmed down.

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    1. Haha, yes honestly it also makes me feel a bit of pressure to live up to everything, but at the same time I’m looking forward to it too.
      I heard very bad things about Psycho Pass 2, but then again I always want to judge things by myself, so glad to hear it’s not as bas as everyone made it out to be πŸ˜€ But of course your last comment made me very curious now πŸ˜‰
      Thanks for stopping by, and I will do my best with the reviews πŸ˜€

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    1. Thanks a lot πŸ˜€Well honestly I’m not really a numbers kind of guy, I just write my posts for fun but I have to admit hitting the 1000 followers mark is seriously cool. And your blog is awesome: so I’m sure it’s going to grow this year as well: mark my words πŸ˜‰

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  8. Happy new year! It’s been a pleasure to discover your blog this year, along with all the others I regularly see you commenting on too πŸ™‚ I look forward to seeing what 2018 holds for your site; thanks for your continued support of my work and your encouraging, positive comments!

    Good luck with the push to 1,000 followers!

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    1. Thank you so much: likewiseπŸ˜€ I have really enjoyed reading your posts and will continue to do so for the rest of the year! Looking forward to another great year of exchanging comments and sharing thoughts with you πŸ˜€

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  9. Awesome! You are ahead of schedule. Very busy year you planned out for yourself πŸ™‚ Best of luck! I also wanted to read The Good Daughter, but wow, you owned all of her books already? She must be good. I will have to read it Jan or Feb πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, yeah it’s definitely a busy year that I planned. On the one hand I’m excited for it, on the other hand I also feel a bit nervous for it πŸ™ˆ
      But yeah Karin Slaughter is very good. She is about the only writer that I read that doesn’t write science fiction or fantasy 😊

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  10. Looking forward to all the goodness you have in store! So many interesting topics to explore πŸ™‚ I hope having a bit more structure also works out well for you. I certainly like structure, hehe. Of course, I’m most looking forward to the expanded kdrama coverage! I really hope you find some good ones this year πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, I thought you would like that, and that is why I made the first theme of the month Kdramas. And yes, no joke, I did that for you. I have really been lacking in providing reviews for those, so that’s why I thought this was a perfect way to catch up with things.
      Glad you like the plans, and as always thanks for your comment 😊

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      1. Aww! I’m so touched! Thank you for thinking of me when deciding on your first theme. I seriously appreciate it so much πŸ™‚ I always enjoy your posts, but I will be greatly looking forward to your take on some kdramas. Also hoping you find some truly good ones that you will love πŸ™‚

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  11. so many plans for 2018!! πŸ˜€ I’m excited to check them out and Black sounds SO INTERESTING now I want to watch it! >_> I want to start checking out more dramas but anything that is longer than one episode and isn’t anime turns me off. Like why do i need to sit here for 5hrs (im such a hypocrite lolol) but I thought I’d check out some movies, maybe move on from there :3

    And those new plans sound AWESOME. I’m still trying to find a way to incorporate new bloggers and sharing posts to my blog but sometimes i don’t read a lot and then other times I’ll binge everything I didn’t read ^^;;

    Also congrats on the follow count πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you. I’m looking forward to this new year of blogging myself. But at the same time it’s also filled with a bit of dread that I maybe did not take on too many things. But we will see 😊Black does sound very interesting and I agree with the number of episodes of tv shows sometimes being a bit of a long time investment. But that also goes for reading posts from other bloggers. I have a fulltime dayjob, and it’s sometimes very hard to keep up with everyone. But then again it’s also a lot of fun.
      Thanks for all the kind words: appreciate it πŸ˜€πŸ˜€

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      1. oh yeah, i always feel like that at the beginning of the year bc there’s so much I want to do!! but let’s just do what we can πŸ™‚ and yeahhhh reading other people’s posts is a challenge for me too! sometimes i can just spend hours doing it but sometimes i can go a couple days wo being able to because i have weird hours and i get sleepy at random times >_< but it has been fun and i've read some great posts in 2017 πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thanks for your enthusiasm and sweet words 😚😚 I’m glad you like these ideas. You can bet you and Kim will be hitting the spotlight in one of these posts this year 😊😊 Karin Slaughter is just as awesome as you are πŸ˜šπŸ˜šβ€πŸ’˜β€

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  12. Not sure how I feel about you getting 1000 followers. It took ages to scroll down to the bottom of these comments…
    Incidentally, I see your blog post and raise you my next Wednesday Offering…
    I was curious what the Beast Within Series was about? I don’t follow 40k that much, though I have read a few of the Horus Heresy books and enjoyed, though only recently realised just how many have been published and how much has happened since I last read consistently (The last one I read in sequence was the First Heretic about the Word Bearers, and then I read Scar out of sequence as I just loved the narrative of the White Scars). Don’t know beast within though, so, fill me in. What is it?

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    1. LolπŸ˜‚ Honestly, I don’t know how I feel about it myself: it’s getting increasingly more difficult to keep up with all the comments, especially combined with my fulltime dayjob (I’m writing this response during my lunchbreak πŸ˜€). But that said, it is very humbling to see so many people taking the time to write and respond to my posts. Seriously cool πŸ˜€ Haha : I will check that wednesday offering when I return home πŸ˜‰
      The Beast Within is a 12 part novel series that deals with a huge Ork invasion led by a very clever and menacing ork (The Beast). It takes place after Horus Heresy but before the current timeline. Having read 5 novels so far: it’s a pretty good series πŸ˜€
      The Horus Heresy is such a good series but the books do differ in quality: one I highly recommend is Thousand Sons. That has so far been my favorite novel πŸ˜€ Thanks as always for your comment πŸ˜€

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      1. Next Wednesday, and you will find it controversial…Thousand Sons was great, I thoroughly enjoyed. I also really liked Flight of the Eisenstein, as it was a great story, Fulgrim as it was tragic, and Legion as it was also tragic. Scar was just fantastic with the White Scars telling both Horus and Rogal Dorn to get lost and they would make their own decision. I liked that. Weirdly I was not massively fussed about the Dark Angel ones, and they are my chapter/legion of choice (or Word Bearers, though not a fan of chaos marines I like the idea of pre-heresy wordbearers)

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      2. Controversial? Wow, now you are making me very curious. Looking forward to it πŸ˜€ Flight if the Eisenstein was defintely very cool. The tragic thing about Fulgrim was one of the final scenes where he (Fulgrim) was given a few seconds of clarity into what his legion had become. Wow, that scene was powerful. I have yet to read Scars. I have all the novels released to date (47 and counting) and am now at about the halfway point. One has to ask how long this series will continue πŸ˜€

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  13. I love the idea of having a new structure for 2018. The whole thing about a theme per month? Honestly sounds brilliant, Michel. I’m definitely looking forward to everything and anything you plan on posting anyways though. πŸ˜€ I do hope 2018 will prove to be a fun and entertaining year for you sir. So many great books, shows and movies to come. We can only expect to be amazed. πŸ˜›

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    1. Thank you, I will do my best. With plans like these there is also a certain amount of pressure, but I just want to see if I can keep it up, and get my blog a bit more structured than it was last year.
      And there are definitely so many cool things to look forward to this year when it comes to movies/books/anime/tv series that I really can’t wait for it all.
      Thanks so much for your support and all the kind words. Glad to hear you like the plans 😊

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    1. Thank you again. Yeah last year, as much dun as I had, it kind of went all over the place. By now bringing a bit more structure into it, as well as the theme months, I can plan things a bit better.
      Hope I can live up to it all, and as always thanks so much for your support 😊

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  14. Okay, I’m pretty late to this, but HAPPY NEW YEAR! Infinity War is definitely gonna be huge and I’m really looking forward to Ready Player One! hahahaha I so relate to having so many books to read that they could build a skyscraper πŸ˜‰ The best thing about blogging is definitely the interactions and I’m so glad I found your blog last year πŸ˜€ ❀ Also good luck on getting to 1000- you can do it!! *Cheering you on in the corner here*!! Awesome goals!! πŸ˜€

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    1. Aww thanks again for yet another amazing comment: you are too kind 😊😊
      But yeah so much good stuff to look forward to this year: it’s almost hard to believe they can all stuff this into a single year lol πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
      Thanks for all your support, and you can be sure that I have highly enjoyed your blog as well. Truly glad to have discovered it, and I look forward to another great year of exchanging comments 😊😊

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  15. I’m following your blog from now on as I saw your comments on Kim and Dani’s blog plus it’s so different from what I’m used to follow that I am curious πŸ˜‰ Honestly your topics would be right my son’s alley so I’ll show them and ask his opinion as well. Bonding with kids is always great πŸ˜‰

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    1. Thanks so much for the follow, the likes, and this very nice comment: I really appreciate it a lot πŸ˜€
      I cover a lot of things on my blog (as I simply have way too many hobbies lol), but I hope it will be entertaining enough for both you and your sonπŸ˜€
      Thanks again 😊

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